jonathan.keeler
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Im going on a bit of a road trip to 'bass direct' in Warric just after Christmas, to buy a six string bass. I have never played a six string, but am well adjusted to five string basses.
I generally play anything between dream theater and meshuggah, but I can delve out into anything as far as jamiroquai .
Anyway, the shop has a few six strings in and I have narrowed it down to any within my budget, so I humbly ask the bass forum to take a look. Is there any to avoid, anything that I might of missed or any that jump out as good deals. I will probably still play all of these, but any advice is good advice.
1# Bass Direct - Mike Tobias, MTD, Basses, Kingston, Heir, KZ6 Natural Gloss, Rosewood - Mike Tobias, USA, UK :: For sale
2# Stuart Spector Design Bass Guitars:: USA :: Euro 6 LX EX, Poplar Burl top, EMG, Tonepump :: For sale, UK, EU
3# Clover Bass Guitars:: Stock basses:: Avenger .6, Cherryburst, Six String :: Bassdirect
4# Second Hand Bass Guitar Stock :: Bass Direct :: Marleaux Consat Custom 6 string, Flame Maple, Delano :: For sale uk, EU
5# Bass Direct -YAMAHA Bass Guitars, TRB1006 J, Natural, six string bass, For sale, UK, EU. - UK Bass specialist
6# Bass Direct -YAMAHA Bass Guitars, TRB1006 J, Natural, six string bass, For sale, UK, EU. - UK Bass specialist

Anything is appreciated and I don't really care what it looks like (that clover is not really metal, but ... **** the system ).

Cheers
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You know what would be really sweet? Having a beautiful bird inlaid around the first fret, taking a majestic dump with airborne droppings around the 5th, 7th, 9th frets and so on, with a graceful impact around the 22nd-24th.
jonathan.keeler
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In other news, I found Wally
LeakyFlask
You know what would be really sweet? Having a beautiful bird inlaid around the first fret, taking a majestic dump with airborne droppings around the 5th, 7th, 9th frets and so on, with a graceful impact around the 22nd-24th.
Tostitos
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Those are all very fine basses. The Marleaux, Clover, and Spector are a step above the Yamaha and the MTD, but you can't go wrong with any of those.

With the kind of cash you're spending and the kinds of basses you're looking at, the only real answer is to go try them and pick the one you like best for yourself. It's just not as simple as recommending starter basses to someone who isn't looking to spend over $300. All of those basses are very good basses, which one is the right for you though comes down to you.
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I'd take the Spector, personally. What amp do you have? Spector through just about anything made by Ampeg or Markbass is really killer
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#5
I'd go with the Spector--but Tostitos is right; you really need to try them out for personal playability and sound.
Alucard817
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I too like Specters.

In all honesty though we can recommend anything WE like, but at the end of the day it really boils down to what is right for YOU.
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jonathan.keeler
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Oh I didn't realise that I didn't say. I am going to be spending the full day trying them out, i just needed some reassuring words to get me hyped for my trip!
LeakyFlask
You know what would be really sweet? Having a beautiful bird inlaid around the first fret, taking a majestic dump with airborne droppings around the 5th, 7th, 9th frets and so on, with a graceful impact around the 22nd-24th.
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bring in your amp and just try them all out and see what sings to you

i went into a shop to get a 6 string bass and got a hold of a 4-string custom that's now the centerpiece of my rig, so don't rule out the small fries if one calls to you. or hell, you might see a conklin 7 in there and fall in love, you never know

and make sure you shove in strap-locks/a case into your budget as well, you don't want to spend your last dime on a solid bass and have it strapped in the passenger seat on the way home cause you were too spent to get something to put it in
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sam_ofzo
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The marleaux will probably be considered as the 'best' out of those options.


But if it was for me, I'd get that clover. Especially if it's a walnut finish with a black pickguard / pickup covers, that is one of my favourite basses ever. It was a very close call between either that bass or my Maruszscyk

In the end I settled for the Marusczcyk mostly because it was easier to order with some custom options and slightly cheaper, but some day I will have that clover avenger.
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Congrats on your search for Inspiration!

Take your time. Do not be in a hurry or believe that you have to buy.

There will be one, one where there is no doubt.

That is the one.
jonathan.keeler
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#12
Okay, here we go!
Today, I went to bass direct with the idea of looking at some six string basses, with a decent budget. I knew that when I got there I would have to take those six choices down to one, however when I got them there I found out that the MTD had been sold ... and replaced with a slightly better version of the one that was sold! .
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So I still had six basses to choose from.
first up, the yamaha
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This was the cheapest on the list, and when I started playing, I could tell, lots of string rattle. GONE, and GONE with the other color!

five minutes later, I was onto the Marleaux Consat Custom 6
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and I can tell you, this thing sits on your knee like a freaking mold, its the most comfortable thing I have ever played, and I played it for a while! This one was definitely still in the running.

Next up was the new MTD
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mmmmmm... this was good.

after the MTD, I played the clover.
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This bass had everything, everything I tell you! Seriously, if you wanted to do something with the pickups you could do it, and then set it back to default with one flick of a switch.
unfortunately the lower arm was really short to allow access to the higher frets and it kept falling off my knee. GONE

lastly I played that spector
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'looking gooood', I thought, then I picked it up. THIS THING WEIGHED A TON!!!! There was no way I could hold this round my neck without dying which was a pity because it played like a gem. GONE


So there we have it, I was down to the MTD and the mar ... marl ... marleoughsck. hang on, im going to have to google this ... marleaux there we go.

randandandandaladadadandaaaaaaaAAAAAN!!!

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I chose the marleaux!
It was a tough choice, but the comfort and warm tone won out over the purple and the bite(ie) tone on the MTD.

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NGD coming soon!
LeakyFlask
You know what would be really sweet? Having a beautiful bird inlaid around the first fret, taking a majestic dump with airborne droppings around the 5th, 7th, 9th frets and so on, with a graceful impact around the 22nd-24th.
jonathan.keeler
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oh, sorry about the twitter links. My account is B.a.s.s.F.a.c.e.F.u.c.k, but without the dots. so just put that last word in the url where the asterisks are to see pics.
LeakyFlask
You know what would be really sweet? Having a beautiful bird inlaid around the first fret, taking a majestic dump with airborne droppings around the 5th, 7th, 9th frets and so on, with a graceful impact around the 22nd-24th.